I know it's been a while since a White Sox position prospect has come up to Chicago and actually looked competent, but damn -- we're actually seeing that with Josh Fields. I guess I shouldn't really be as surpsised as I feel I am -- afterall, ZiPS projected a .262/.336/.445, and although Fields sits a bit under that as of right now, I can't help but be very excited about what we've seen so far.
Before I saw Fields play this season, all I could really look at were the high K numbers. I was honestly fearing a Brian Anderson like (first half of 2006) performance, with Fields swinging at sliders low and away and changes in the dirt. Apparently, however, Fields' improved walk rate that poster 3E8 harped on has really translated. I know his IsODiscipline isn't that great right now, but Fields' discipline at the plate has impressed me (aesthetically speaking). It looks like he has a plan every time time he heads to homeplate -- where he wants to hit it, what he's going to look for. I also love the fact that we've already seen him drop down some bunts down the third-base line when the third baseman is playing deep -- I always wondered why more guys don't do that, especially in situations where a baserunner is all that's needed.
So I pose two questions. The first one -- not really a question, but -- Fields' homerun total at the end of the year. I'll put the over/under at 19.5. Second... where is Fields playing to start 2008 -- third base or left field? I'm not at all suggesting that they move Fields to LF permanently, but I also don't necessarily believe non-tendering Crede is the right move -- cutting ties after the season is selling awfully low, and that isn't exactly Kenny's M.O.